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Daily Archives: May 13, 2019

Understanding our rivers – BART school visits

Alongside our elver assemblies and check ups for our Spawn to be Wild project, BART have been busy running lessons in our 11 project primary schools.

We have had countless great questions about the elvers, however one in particular got us thinking, ‘Why does it matter if all the eels die?’. To answer this, BART set about running food chain lessons for Reception – Year 4 classes.

Firstly, the children split into groups of 6, where each child was asked to colour in one element of the aquatic food chain. By making these into hats, the children then became their part of the food chain! They were asked to organise themselves into the correct order and we had some great discussions about what eats what. The fastest group was then bought to the front of the class and we discussed what would happen to the rest of the creatures in the food chain if the eels were lost – cue some dramatic death drops to the floor, great acting everyone!

Our food chain hats!

BART have also bought in live river invertebrates and discussed water pollution and water saving during various lessons.

Thanks to everyone who is taking part in this project, we are looking forward to the releases next week!

Thanks to this year’s Spawn to be Wild supporters, Bristol Water, A Forgotten Landscape and the Avon Frome Partnership

Bristol Avon Waterblitz 2019

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust are excited to announce the 2019 Bristol Avon WaterBlitz; a yearly campaign to collect as many water quality samples as possible in a week from across the Bristol Avon Catchment, between Saturday 1st June – Friday 7th June.

Join hundreds of people in using the free and simple to use water testing kit to sample your chosen river or stream in the Bristol Avon catchment (Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North East Somerset).

To register and take part, please follow the link below to sign up and you will then receive a free water quality sampling pack in the post. Sampling kits are limited so please register by Friday 24th May to ensure you can participate:


Thanks to Bristol Water and the Avon Frome Partnership for supporting this year’s Waterblitz!